[Source: Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA)]
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A Few Facts About Stroke in Infants, Children, Young Adults and Before Birth
- Stroke can occur before birth, in infants, children and young adults.
- Risk of stroke is highest in the first year of life and peaks during the perinatal period (a few weeks before and after birth).
- Perinatal arterial ischemic stroke is the most common form of stroke in children.
- Perinatal stroke occurs in 1 in every 2800 live births. This incidence is likely to be an underestimate.*